Category Archives: Metal Blanks

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Macrame With Genuine Leather Cord

This is the perfect time of the year to wear necklaces that feel a little more substantial. These simple but stylish necklaces were made by Nancy Donaldson who spent a few hours working with our leather cord collection.   While … Continue reading

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Warped Elegance – A Fernando’s Atelier Necklace

This is another of the wonderful samples you can see in person the John Bead showroom. The agate slabs are beautifully showcased! Design title: Warped Elegance Necklace Mood: Summertime, wedding on a beach, art exhibition opening Skill level: Intermediate Duration: … Continue reading

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The Moon, Star and Sun Necklace

If you are still wondering what to do with a metal blank here is the perfect necklace to inspire you.  Hand crafted by Fernando Dasilva it features several of the popular metal blank shapes in the Metal Complex catalog. We … Continue reading

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Copper Blanks For Enameling

At the Bead and Button show earlier this month I had the privilege of taking a torch fired enameling class with Anat Silvera.  I am absolutely in love with this technique.  Anat has written a book on enameling, which is being released early next year. I can’t … Continue reading

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Gladiator Style Set Eight!

Cut, curved and patinated metal blank.  Genius! Last month I started posting the first of ten earrings designed by Fernando Dasilva and  inspired by Spartacus.  He dubbed them “Gladiator Style.”  Here is a closer look at one set using the … Continue reading

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Gladiator Style Set Seven

Metal and crystal! Last month I started posting the first of ten earrings designed by Fernando Dasilva and  inspired by Spartacus.  He dubbed them “Gladiator Style.”  Here is a closer look at one set using the fabulous photos taken by … Continue reading

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Silver Gladiator Style – Set Six

Last month I started posting the first of ten earrings designed by Fernando Dasilva and  inspired by Spartacus.  He dubbed them “Gladiator Style.”  Here is a closer look at one set using the fabulous photos taken by our in-house photographers. … Continue reading

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Gladiator Style Set Five

Can you just imagine?  I am not 100% sure, because I am not done posting, but I think these are my favorite! The “365 EARRINGS” special issue of Bead Style Magazine is already out and Metal Complex has a two … Continue reading

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Gladiator Style Set Four

Earlier this month I posted the first of ten earrings designed by Fernando Dasilva and  inspired by Spartacus.  He dubbed them “Gladiator Style.”  Here is a closer look at one set using the fabulous photos taken by our in-house photographers. … Continue reading

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Gladiator Style Set Three

Earlier this month I posted the first of ten earrings designed by Fernando Dasilva and  inspired by Spartacus.  He dubbed them “Gladiator Style.”  Here is a closer look at one set using the fabulous photos taken by our in-house photographers. … Continue reading

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